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					               Science Day Project Outline
    Each year science students are challenged to do a large project. The project allows
students to research and explore a scientific topic that they are interested in. Last year we
had the science fair. This year I would like students to be involved in an interactive day
of learning and teaching called Science day on April 15th.

What is Science Day?
   The 5th - 7th grade students will develop interactive booths and displays with a focus
on a major concept in a given science topic. They present the booths to the k-4th grade
students and teach their topic to them.
   Students will develop activities, skits, and simple interactive projects elementary
students can become part of as they visit each booth.

What students will need?
    Posters, models, and projects will have to be created for each booth. Simple
materials and supplies will have to be collected and organized well in advance of the
science day. We have a possibility of 100 students visiting each booth. I am sure we
will be looking for donations of simple household items to supply each booth.

*If you have any access to any free items that we could relate to science and give
away at booths please let me know. (ex. industry coloring books, free k-4th level
samples, balls, pencils, stickers, crayons, workplace promotional items for kids. I need
about 135 samples if given to k – 4th grade.)

Where will science day be?
   Science day will be an outdoor event if at all possible. The outdoors allows more
exploration into space, flight, rocket, relative distance, motion, forces, animal science,
and other fun projects. However, projects will have to have a backup plan in case of rain
and more space limitations in the gym.

What will the project be about?
    Fifth grade’s topic is Physical Science, Sixth grade is Life Science, and Seventh grade
is Earth Science. Students will find a subtopic in their area of study that interests them
and lends itself to an interactive presentation.

Will students work alone or in groups?
    Students can work alone or in a group of two or three. They are allowed to
choose their group if working with others.
Parents will be asked if they would like their child to work alone or in a group. At times
it may be in the child’s best interest to do the project themselves instead of with their
friends. Grades and friendships don’t always mesh well together. Please caution the
children to choose their groups wisely and ask for help and discuss any problems before
they become a big problem. Due to much work being done during class time, 6th grade
students can only group with their homeroom class.
    I will evaluate each project proposed to determine if it is safe and that there is a
variety of topics in each area of life, earth, and physical sciences.
Grading the project.
   To best organize this event, students will have deadlines to meet from now until the
event. Points will be available to the students as each different due date is reached.
Much work will be done in class. However, usually students must meet at least one or
two nights with their group to organize their presentation. This can be done at home or
after school if arranged. Better planning and organization will lead to a better day for
everyone.



                    Science Day Project Timeline
 (This is a guide. Dates may be changed by Mrs. Rockers due to changes in schedule and
   student needs. Students will be given plenty of warning if a date changes. Specific
                   requirements will also be discussed at depth in class. )
Feb. 18 - Parent signature is due.

Feb. 19 – Groups are determined.
         Mrs. Rockers needs to know who is in what group by this date. If you choose to work in a group
choose your group carefully. All members of the group will share the workload and each member must be
able to depend on others in the group. Grades will be given for all parts of this project. Once your group is
decided you will not be able to join a different group at a later date.


Feb. 25 – A Project Theme Must be Turned In. (5pt.)
         Students are to submit a theme for their booth. Describe the general science concept that will be
on display. Example: Physical Science – Buoyancy – Testing objects of different density to determine the
objects ability to float.


March 4 - Project Research is Submitted (15 pt.)
         Students will describe their topic in written form. They will give examples of activities they could
do and show knowledge of their topic.


March 16 – Detailed Project Plan(15 pt.)
         Draw and describe a plan for your booth. Include the interactive activity you will do and an outline
of information you will present.


March 16–29 - Students are to test the types of projects and experiments they would like to do with
the elementary. You are to complete a quick demonstration of your experiment to class for peer review
within this period. You must sign up for and complete a demonstration time within these dates. (15 pt.)


March 30 – Detailed Script of what will happen and be said at booth. (15 pt.)               Students      will
describe in writing the booth organization, skits, presentation, and youth activities to be done at the booth.
A list of still needed supplies is also due at this time. We will send a request to other parents to see if
anyone has some of these supplies but there is no guarantee you will get them.


April 9 – Posters and Booth Information is to be complete and ready for class presentation and
practice. The date you will give your presentation will be assigned.
April 9-14 Skits and Booth presentations presented in class for practice.
       (20points)If project is to large to bring into the classroom, clear evidence of a complete project
will be required. You will pretend to practice with any props that have to wait until science day to display.
April 14 - All projects must be complete and supplies must be on hand unless parents are dropping
them off the morning of Science Day.


April 15 – Science Day – See all your hard work be put into action.
Set up during science classes. Science day Starts at: 12:40pm – 2:20pm. Clean
up 2:20 – 3:00. (Lots of help putting away tables and chairs is needed.)
(10 pt.) The display must be professional. Students are not to horseplay or to be out of
the area assigned unless given permission. Each student will take part in the presentation
and see that each student that visits the booth learns something new. Students are willing
to help all those that visit the booth and are to give information appropriate to the specific
grade level. All help with clean up of all materials.




February 15, 2010

To: Industry Leaders with Science Related Career Options
From: Melissa Rockers – Science teacher, St. Martin Catholic
                                                      School
Subject: School Science Day, April 15, 2010: 12:40 – 2:20pm,
         at St. Martin Catholic School


       St. Martin Catholic School is having a Science day to promote science interest and
enthusiasm among the students. During Science Day, fifth through eighth grade students
develop science related displays and activities for kindergarten through fourth grade
students to take an active part in. The students develop displays that relate to fields of
earth, physical, and life sciences that interest them.
        I am informing you of this exciting event because I have seen many businesses
and industry leaders developing educational and promotional tools that would be great
handouts and displays for this type of event. About 225 students kindergarten through 8th
grade students will be on hand this day with a thirst for knowledge and fun, all related to
science.
        Please consider taking part in our special event to make it a great experience for
our students. The following are some ideas of how you could become involved.
        1. Send some free items that students and families could enjoy and/or learn
            from that we could pass out to the students on Science Day. If you have
            available items and delivery is a problem, give me a call and I could come
            pick them up. (573-893-3519) All materials must be age appropriate and in agreement
            with catholic school values and traditions. Pencils, coloring books, toys, pens, paper pads,
            information literature, and coupons are examples of materials needed.
        2. Consider setting up an informational booth for groups of students and
           teachers to stop by and learn how your industry relates to science.
       3. Send a small donation to St. Martin School indicating your support of
          science day and we will purchase items for experiments and supplies to make
          this day an even greater success.
       4. Just come, view, and listen to the presentations students are putting together
          to promote science concepts in young students. It is an uplifting day to see
          such a positive display of student talent.

If you have any questions about the event please do not hesitate to call. If you would like
to send materials for us to pass out please have them available by April 9th. If you would
like to set up a booth, please let me know by April 1st . I will need contact information so
I can give you an appropriate spot. We plan to have the event outside, weather
permitting.

                                                             Melissa Rockers
                                                             St. Martin Catholic School
                                                             7206 St. Martin Ave.
                                                             Jefferson City, MO 65109
                                                             573-893-3519
                                                             Melrock71@aol.com